After leaving The Muffin Man tea shop with full tummies [see Sept. 18 post], we set out on foot to Kensington Palace which was just over a mile away. I had already toured Kensington Palace twice on previous visits as well as having tea in the Orangery, so they weren't on this trip's itinerary, but I did want to see Princess Diana's statue in Kensington Gardens that was unveiled in 2021 by her sons. It was a beautiful day for walking.
There are 13 remaining historic 'cabbie shelters' in London out of 61 built between 1875 and 1914, and we passed one of them on Kensington Road on our walk. They were established as a safe haven for cab drivers to provide warmth, food and a hot cup of tea. Still functional, they are off limits to non-cabbies inside, but they do serve beverages to the public via side-hatches.
With no Internet connection to access Google Maps we concluded we didn't remember how to get back to our hotel and got a taxi. It was a fun first day in London.